Turkey’s massive presidential palace further expands into the Atatürk Forest

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Hurriyet – Additional land, measuring 8,406 square meters, of the Atatürk Forest Farm (AOÇ) has been allocated to the new presidential palace, Ak Saray, strongly criticized due to its cost and size. In official documents, the area has been allocated to the prime ministry, because Ak Saray was originally intended to be a new building for the prime minister, but ... Read More »

Senator Nick Xenophon asks regulator to consider revoking Church of Scientology’s registration as a charity

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Travolta breaks silence on Scientology exposé Going Clear PETER JEAN POLITICAL REPORTER THE ADVERTISER A FEDERAL regulator has been asked to consider revoking the Church of Scientology’s registration as a charity in the wake of a damning documentary about the religion. Prominent Scientologist and Hollywood actor John Travolta on Wednesday rejected claims in the American documentary Going Clear: Scientology and ... Read More »

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One morning last week, as Washiqur Rahman, a shy, boyish-looking twenty-six-year-old Bangladeshi, left his house in Dhaka and started walking to the travel agency where he worked, three men set upon him with machetes and hacked him to death. The New Yorker – George Packer * The blows rendered his face unrecognizable. Two of the killers were captured by a ... Read More »

Prosecutor lays out far-fetched charges against Gülen, US and Turkish authors

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A Turkish prosecutor‘s charges against military officers who took part in the interception of trucks transporting heavy weaponry to Syria make heavy use of far-fetched claims that involve contributors to The Washington Post and Today’s Zaman as well as a moderate US-based Turkish Muslim scholar. Today’s Zaman - Public Prosecutor İrfan Fidan, who the government is believed to have tasked with ... Read More »

Mustafa Kamal quits as ICC president after World Cup snub

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BBC – Mustafa Kamal has quit as International Cricket Council president and accused the body of acting “unlawfully”. Kamal said his decision came after he was denied the right to present the trophy to winners Australia after Sunday’s World Cup final in Melbourne. Instead, it was presented by Indian ICC chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan. Kamal, a Bangladesh national, had previously criticised ... Read More »

Erdogan Raising “Devout Generations”

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“[Education] is now being used to raise an obedient generation that will serve the government.” — Sakine Esen Yilmaz, Secretary General of a secular teachers’ union. Gatestone Institute - by Burak Bekdil Christian Pastor Ahmet Guvener managed to get his daughter, also a Christian, an exemption from mandatory Islamic religious classes in her Turkish school, but he soon found out this ... Read More »

Sefaradi Jews in Turkey Seek Portuguese Nationality

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OPORTO, Portugal and ISTANBUL, PRNewswire PR Newswire During the first month that the Portuguese law, which grants a right of return to descendants of Portuguese Sephardic Jews, has been in effect, hundreds of Turkish Jews, especially from Istanbul, have contacted the Jewish community of Oporto to obtain the certificate as required by law. The Portuguese law stipulates that applicants must present a ... Read More »

Thirsty for a ‘Straya less obsessed with booze

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Opinion TheDRUM – By Dominic Knight I don’t want to be too critical of Warnie, because then I’d violate the Aussie code of being a good bloke. But the tendency to make everything about beer is becoming embarrassing, writes Dominic Knight. Controversy has always come to Shane Warne as effortlessly as that cheeky grin and those huge leg breaks. Last ... Read More »

What makes a life? It’s more than just breathing

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When all the things that we live for are denied us, never to return, we should be able to be assisted to depart. The Age - Julie Landvogt “Dying with dignity” … the idea should be reframed. What about “living with dignity”, and when that is no longer possible, it’s time to make an end. My mother is a Holocaust survivor; ... Read More »

50 Years Later… Once More, Nonviolence

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“Once more the method of nonviolent resistance was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary.” –Martin Luther King Jr. The Huffington Post – Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer, The King Center On Wednesday, I stood on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery before thousands of people and repeated these ... Read More »